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Hi guys.Hope your all doing ok?Just wandering what everyone’s plans are through winter? Anybody have any different ideas on how to keep the money coming in. When your running a business the bills still go out dispite if we are earning or not. What do people find useful, gritting? Snow clearance, pruning, be interesting to know.

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    Couple of borders to tidy, shrubs to cut back etc in January. 

    Tree pruning, leaf removal and hedge reductions in February, again for existing clients. Hopefully will have two or three properties of roses to prune back, not booked in yet.

    I've held money back from this years earnings to cover reduced wages and overheads until March mowing gets going, just incase.

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    Have a search through the old threads on here.
    There is loads you can do.
    Or like me stay at home once the grass stops and the hedges I cut are done (3 left! Be done this week weather permitting!)
    There will be odd bits but I don’t go looking for it just if anyone decides to call me, and then only if I fancy it.
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    Been busy up until now. In no rush to battle the conditions (5 inches of snow and still coming down in the Midlands) just to do a few hours here and there - not very efficient. Anyone asking for work now is being put off until Jan. 

    We want as many on our lawn treatment books as possible, and for Jan our quietest month, get as many onto a second aeration with 20% off attached to the second one. 

    The less desirable work, but fills the diary pretty well to date is garden maintenance from our mowing customers to include leaf clearance, hedge cutting, borders and some soft landscaping. 

    It's not lack of work which is the issue for us (sure room for much more mind) but the conditions. Not getting above freezing until the early hours of Wednesday morning, -8 tomorrow night, Wednesday's eventual snowmelt will be rapid with heavy rain. Lots of sodden ground. Finished the hollow-tining on Monday just in time. 

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      At the ripe old age of 24, I can't remember this much snow. I must have been rather little. 

  • we are finishing the last of our week this week and wont be back out until last week in feb. with all the lawns done, leaves collected and winter pruning being finished this week leaves us little to do. apart from that i fully expect gardens to be covered in the white stuff round my parts shortly so apart from clearing snow were stuffed

  • I saved over the summer so i'm ready to hibernate and play PC games all winter. A few pruning jobs and things scattered in.. but i'm looking at a nice break until March. Guilt free, me time! I'll just make sure the house is tidy when the wife gets home from work D:

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      Same for me, I have a backlog of steam games to play :)

      Although this winter I have a massive to-do list to get through around the house and garden. I also have an allotment to clear, so I'm not going to have as much leisure time as I wanted. Plus I'm still doing the school run etc.

      • Nice, i hope you find some time to play! Not sure what kinda stuff you're into but if you ever play multiplayer and wan't to play feel free to dm me your steam id :)

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    I've still got stuff to do to take me to Christmas, it's not been helped by a strange run of luck hindering process.
    Got mainly tidying up to do and a couple of lawns to cut depending on the conditions!

    Money wise I'll get by but will be planning better for next winter.

    Got work to do in January and February too
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    I had a handful of last jobs this week, but with the bad weather have knocked them all on the head now. It does surprise me that people arent budgeting for income drop (to nothing in some cases) for 2-3momths a year (worse case scenario)

    I hope to return to work mid-end february. January is the month i do all servicing work, repairs etc and beginning of Feb is for targeted leaflet drops. 

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